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Major US pension fund invested in illegal deforestation

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

One of the largest pension funds in the USA has invested millions of dollars in the palm oil sector, including in companies repeatedly exposed for illegal deforestation, according to a new report.

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Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.

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World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil

Monday, March 27th, 2017

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.

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Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.

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False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.

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Greenpeace denounces amnesty to illegal cattle ranchers in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Brazilian government has watered-down the protection afforded to Jamanxim, in a move Greenpeace describes as a further amnesty for people illegal clearing rainforest.

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Hacking, wiretaps, slavery and money laundering: How agents and indigenous people busted a massive Bad Ag gang in Brazil

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Until his arrest earlier this year, one of the biggest forest destroyers in the history of the Amazon operated a large and sophisticated criminal network from his base in Sao Paulo’s upper class neighbourhood of Jardins.

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Indigenous communities face violence from agribusiness in Argentina

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Members of the Yaki Cachi Bajo Hondo indigenous community have suffered harassment, threats and violent attacks by armed groups connected to agribusiness interests in the north of the country.

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Soy and cattle driving wave of illegal deforestation in Argentina

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Greenpeace report outlines consistent violations of the Forest Law in conversion of forests for soy and cattle ranching.

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Illegal deforestation an ‘organised economic activity’ in Amazon municipality

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Mayor of Lábrea says “there is no effective oversight by the state” and illegal forest clearing is the norm.

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Rising deforestation for agriculture in Peru indigenous reserve

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

“Initial threat assessment” identifies 1,600 hectares of forest loss since 2013, in Amazonian reserve protected for the benefit of indigenous peoples.

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Ill-Gotten Lands: Deforestation and isolation in Paraguay’s Gran Chaco

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

When the government of Paraguay enacted a law banning deforestation in 2004, it marked what might have become one of the most significant success stories in global forest conservation. Instead, it helped spark one of the world’s most pressing environmental crises.

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Analysis shows more than a third of deforestation in Argentinian hotspots is illegal

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Analysis by Greenpeace has found that more than 20,000 hectares of forest was destroyed illegally in four northern provinces, in the first half of 2016.

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